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The COVID-19 Lockdown-a Good Time For Stillness and Some Focused Thinking?

The Covid-19 pandemic is causing gut wrenching fear for a large number of business owners-the type of fear that most of them will never have encountered before, nor contemplated as a real possibility. But it’s here now. The most frightening aspects for many are They have no control whatsoever over their circumstances or trading conditions-most […]

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Do the right thing

Do the right thing. Always. Even when nobody is looking. It’s a great habit to develop. Whether it is washing your hands and following the other directions to combat the spread of the coronavirus/COVID-19, or driving down an isolated country road and indicating to pull in, even when there isn’t another soul for miles around, […]

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Your Best, Distraction Free, Lucid Thinking-Do You Have a Place?

There’s a velux window directly over the head of my bed.  Listening to large globules of rain hitting that window in the small hours of the morning, at 3.30 am or thereabouts, is one of the best, free experiences I frequently enjoy. Lying in bed, warm, with the duvet pulled up, and listening to the […]

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Chop Wood, Carry Water-Why You Need to Adopt This Buddhist Philosophy in 2020

It is a Zen Buddhist saying that if you want to reach enlightenment you should “chop wood, carry water”. And if you want to retain enlightenment you need to, you guessed it, “chop wood, carry water”. This is an exhortation to do the work that matters for you, and to guard against distractions and anything […]

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Self Improvement Small Business

Start With Why-Is Simon Sinek Mistaken?

Reading “Start With Why” by Simon Sinek at the moment and am struggling a little bit. I am only half way through and hope I can accept, or reconcile, the hypothesis put forward by Sinek. His proposition is that people do not buy what you do, they buy why you do it. He points to […]

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Self Improvement Writing

One of my most important tools: my journal

The journal you see on this page is one of the most important tools I own. When I refer to it as a tool I mean it is instrumental in maintaining sound mental health. It allows me to go to a place of complete privacy, solitude, stillness where I can gather my thoughts and put […]

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My Aim for 2020: Stillness

2020 will be the year of stillness and focus for me. That’s the plan, anyway. I want to follow the Zen saying of “chop wood, carry water”-that is, do the work that matters. Focus on the important stuff and reduce or cut out entirely the distractions, the stuff that stops me from focusing and doing […]

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Winning Arguments-the Principles and Tools of Rhetoric

I am reading a book ( Winning Arguments: From Aristotle to Obama – Everything You Need to Know About the Art of Persuasion) at the moment about winning arguments and the use of rhetorical tools and principles. I am writing this blog post to help me understand the book better because I firmly believe writing […]

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How to Speak Like a Leader

How to convince and persuade by the use of words is something that fascinates me. Regardless of whether the words are written or spoken the power to move other people with your choice of words and formulation of what you wish to say has been evident from time immemorial. From Aristotle’s ‘Rhetoric’ (also known as […]

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Self Improvement Small Business

Unfair Comments and Reviews-What You Can Learn From the Greats

Check out the reviews of books on Amazon. You will find it worthwhile and you will find some surprises. For example, a book like “To Kill a Mockingbird”, with 3,664 reviews and an average of 4.7 stars out of a maximum 5. Yet 2% of its reviews are 1 star. Of the 3,664 reviews 73 […]